PLEASE NOTE THE PLAN IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD, PENDING A MEETING OF SHAFTESBURY TOWN COUNCIL ON 18th JULY AT 7PM
Working together over the last three years has given both parishes a new and better understanding of the challenges that each one faces, and there has been a great deal of knowledge and experience shared between the two.
The parishes share many issues, but the rural and urban differences between the two are distinct and both parishes will be considering whether these are better addressed by separate plans that set robust policies to preserve these aspects in a more focused way.
The Council is now looking at holding an Extraordinary Full Council meeting on 18th July, where the Council will be asked to decide whether it wishes to produce a neighbourhood plan. That meeting will be a convened meeting of the Council and open to members of the press and public to attend if they wish.
The non-council voting members of the Neighbourhood Plan Group (NPG) for Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas & Cann regret the decision by Melbury Abbas & Cann parish council on 28 June to withdraw from the joint plan for Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas & Cann. We reiterate our wish to complete a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) for Shaftesbury in consultation with, and the full involvement of, the people of Shaftesbury, and we also wish to state our willingness to work with the community of Melbury Abbas & Cann on all matters of mutual interest and concern, particularly the employment land adjoining the A30 and straddling both parishes.
We further wish to emphasise the major community advantages of having a NP for Shaftesbury. The Plan would not only boost community control over how, where and when development takes place in the town over the next 15 years, including the protection of our open spaces, but also guarantee a significant increase in the amount of money developers are obliged to pay towards community infrastructure in the town if they want to build here – from 15% of total development cost without an approved Neighbourhood Plan to 25% with one.
Signed by: Carole Arneborg, Bernie Ede, Mick Hicks, James Hughes, Gillian Lewis, John Parker, Richard Thomas, Karen Tippins, Richard Tippins